PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

Are eye drops addictive?

ANSWER

Some eye drops are medicine and others are not. You won't become overly dependent on artificial tears without preservatives. They have harmless moisturizers and no medication, so they�re very safe no matter how often you use them.

Some eye drops contain the preservative benzalkonium chloride, which can cause hypersensitivity reactions. Talk to your doctor whenever you use any eye drops often and for a long time, such as for treatment of glaucoma.

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute.

World Health Organization.

FDA.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Digital Journal of Ophthalmology.

International Society for Refractive Surgery/American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Gimbel Eye Centre.

Myers, T. Comprehensive Ophthalmology Update, June 2005.

Medical News Today: "Risk of Glaucoma in Patients With Elevated Eye Pressure Can Be Predicted by Model," "Lazy Eye Treatment Beyond Patches and Daily Drops," "Expert Develops Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Method to Replace Eye Drops," "Delivery Improvements of the AMD-drug Lucentis on the Way."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 26, 2020

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute.

World Health Organization.

FDA.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Digital Journal of Ophthalmology.

International Society for Refractive Surgery/American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Gimbel Eye Centre.

Myers, T. Comprehensive Ophthalmology Update, June 2005.

Medical News Today: "Risk of Glaucoma in Patients With Elevated Eye Pressure Can Be Predicted by Model," "Lazy Eye Treatment Beyond Patches and Daily Drops," "Expert Develops Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Method to Replace Eye Drops," "Delivery Improvements of the AMD-drug Lucentis on the Way."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 26, 2020

NEXT QUESTION:

Are eye drops safe for kids?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: